Guided Tours

Central High School Foyer
Foyer to Central High School

National Park Service/Little Rock Central High School National Historic Site

Reservations for Weekday Guided Tours


Guided tours with access to Little Rock Central High School (LRCHS) are only offered on select weekdays at 9:00 AM and 1:00 PM CST/CDT; no guided tours are available on federal holidays or during LRCHS spring and winter breaks. See below for full list of unavailable weekdays in the 2019-20 school year.


Guided tours with access to LRCHS are only at these two above times, are by confirmed reservation only, and must be reserved and confirmed at minimum forty-eight hours (2 days) in advance. For the best possible availability, we recommend calling to request reservations at minimum 1 month or more in advance as there is no guarantee of tour availability without a confirmed reservation.

Tours have a set limit of participants as Little Rock Central High School is still a functioning high school with over 2,000 students. Only tour attendees with a ranger can enter the high school; please do not enter the school on your own.


Tours start at the Visitor Center located at 2120 W Daisy L Gatson Bates Drive; the Visitor Center offers free parking and can accommodate cars, buses and RVs.

Guided tours involve crossing two streets at an intersection to reach Little Rock Central High School. Paved crosswalks and sidewalks connect the visitor center to Little Rock Central High School and are accessible. Guided tours may involve several periods of time outdoors in various temperatures; in the event of inclement weather, tours may either be modified to stay inside the visitor center or enter LRCHS if in more immediate proximity.

The route of the tour once inside LRCHS is dependent on school activities on each weekday. The typical route at Little Rock Central High School may involve ascending two flights of stairs to enter the school's main entrance, a walk into the auditorium of the high school, OR a possible walk down two flights of stairs into the cafeteria. An ADA accessible entrance is available and an elevator can be taken between floors if needed. If accessibility accommodations are needed, please let the park know when reserving your visit.

Please note - guided tours are not focused on LRCHS and its architecture with access to various floors, classrooms and other facilities. Guided tours are focused on the story of the Little Rock Nine, desegregation and civil rights are supplemented by limited access inside LRCHS.

Remaining Unavailable Days/Dates For Weekday Tours in 2019-20 school calendar
  • Monday, March 23 - Friday, March 27, 2020
  • Monday, May 25 - Friday, May 29, 2020

Unavailable Days/Dates For Weekday Tours in 2020-21 school calendar

  • Friday, July 3, 2020
  • Monday, July 13, 2020 - Friday, July 17, 2020
  • Monday, August 10, 2020 - Friday, August 14, 2020
  • Monday, September 7, 2020
  • Friday, October 9, 2020
  • Thursday, November 5, 2020 - Friday, November 6, 2020
  • Monday, November 23, 2020 - Friday, November 27, 2020
  • Monday, December 14, 2020 - Friday, December 18, 2020
  • Monday, December 21, 2020 - Monday, January 4, 2021
  • Monday, January 18, 2021
  • Friday, February 12, 2021 - Monday, February 15, 2021
  • Monday, March 22, 2021 - Friday, March 26, 2021
  • Monday, May 24, 2021 - Friday, May 28, 2021
  • Monday, May 31, 2021


Reservations for Weekend Guided Tours

Guided streetscape tours are only offered on select weekends at 9:00 AM and 1:00 PM CST/CDT. On weekend streetscape tours, there is no access to Little Rock Central High School (LRCHS). A streetscape is a guided, walking interpretive tour from the visitor center to Little Rock Central High School that will share the story of the Little Rock Nine, desegregation, education and civil rights without access into Little Rock Central High School.


Guided streetscape tours are only at these two above times, are by confirmed reservation only, and must be reserved at minimum forty-eight hours (2 days) in advance. For the best possible availability, we recommend calling to request reservations at minimum 1 month or more in advance as there is no guarantee of tour availability without a confirmed reservation. Tours have a set limit of participants.

Tours start at the Visitor Center located at 2120 W Daisy L Gatson Bates Drive; the Visitor Center offers free parking and can accommodate cars, buses and RVs.

Guided streetscape tours involve crossing two streets at an intersection to reach Little Rock Central High School. Paved crosswalks and sidewalks connect the visitor center to Little Rock Central High School and are accessible. Guided streetscape tours may involve several periods of time outdoors in various temperatures; in the event of inclement weather, tours may either be modified to stay inside the visitor center.

Steps to reserve either tour:


Call (501) 374-1957
When reserving a tour, please be prepared with the following information or leave this in your message:
*Name for individual or name for the group
*Number of people
*Contact phone number (preferably a cell phone you wil lhave on the day of the tour)
*Email address (for confirmation)
*Any special needs or ADA accessibility needs


We will reserve and confirm the date, time, number and other details with you either with a verbal or emailed confirmation.

Last updated: March 16, 2020

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Mailing Address:

National Park Service
2120 W. Daisy L. Gatson Bates Drive

Little Rock, AR 72202

Phone:

501.374.1957

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